Mercury-winning troupe alt-J lose a member and venture further out there.
Alt-J Will Debut New Album Live In New York
They’re simply my favorite band of the decade, so I’m thrilled that alt-J premiered a good chunk of its new album live for you to see and hear on September 2. That album, This Is All Yours, is another eclectic mix of English folk and art rock, with disturbing and intoxicating lyrics, rhythms and melodies that shift, fall apart and explode. It’s been looping endlessly in my head since I first heard it.
This second set of songs from the Leeds, England group (now a trio) is every bit as quirky and mysterious the one we heard on its 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave, which was my favorite album of 2012. This Is All Yours will be out Sept. 22, but three weeks before the release the band will play these songs at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City. Audio and video of the entire show will be broadcast live on at NPR Music, beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Sept. 2 (and on WFUV as well).
Alt-J Full Performance at Le Poisson Rouge 9.2.2014 [Official NPR YouTube Video]
September 02, 2014 • Nothing was ordinary about this alt-J show — not that anything is ever ordinary from the artful British band.
Briefly rocked by the departure of reluctant tour guitarist Gwil Sainsbury, the now three-piece alt-J show no signs of suffering creative jitters on this assured and strange second album. Leading on from the odd, compelling barber-shop trip-hop of 2012’s An Awesome Wave, the trio stretch their idiosyncratic range to include spooked neo-R&B (the Miley Cyrus-sampling Hunger Of The Pine), head-nodding Odelay-era Beck sonic collages (Left Hand Free) and, most effective of all, spectral balladry in Choice Kingdom and Pusher. There’s lyrical playfulness throughout – not least singer Joe Newman’s desire in the lightly lascivious Every Other Freckle to “turn you inside out and lick you like a crisp packet”. It’s one of many indications here that you can never quite predict what’s around the turn with this highly intriguing and inventive outfit.
Watch the video for “lightly lascivious” Every Other Freckle:
alt-J – Every Other Freckle (Official Video – Girl) From the forthcoming album ‘This Is All Yours’
Alt-J – Hunger of The Pine Official Video
Set List for premiere of the album in NYC
- “Hunger Of The Pine”
- “Something Good”
- “Left Hand Free”
- “Dissolve Me”
- “Bloodflood Pt. 2”
- “Every Other Freckle”
- “Warm Foothills”
- “The Gospel Of John Hurt”
- “Nara/Leaving Nara”
Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Otis Hart; Event Producer: Saidah Blount; Hosts: Bob Boilen, Russ Borris; Videographers: Mito Habe-Evans, Colin Marshall, Maia Stern, A.J. Wilhelm; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Additional Editing: Colin Marshall; Special Thanks: (Le) Poisson Rouge; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann